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Missing — Nicholas D. Johnson, Will Merrick

January 20, 2023

Existing since the early 2000s, the Screenlife genre finally found box office success in 2014 with the release of horror flick Unfriended, in which a demonic spirit stalks a group of friends. But surprisingly, such boffo numbers did little to convince Hollywood to fully embrace the format, leaving low-budget indies to pick up the slack. Indeed, one of the only follow-ups to make any sort of cultural dent was 2018’s Searching, in which a single dad desperately tries to find the whereabouts of his missing daughter. Missing, the latest stab at Screenlife, is billed as a “spiritual sequel” to Searching, which apparently means that it takes place within that earlier film’s universe despite never once alluding to the events that transpired five years ago. In reality, Missing is more like the inverse of Searching, with a teenage girl named June (Storm Reid) frantically tracking down any clues that might lead to the whereabouts of her mother, Grace (Nia Long), who went vacationing with current boyfriend Kevin (Ken Leung) one week prior and seemingly vanished into thin air. 

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Published as part of InRO Weekly — Volume 1, Issue 3.